The controversial but decidedly beautiful sail-like roofs of Sydney's most recognizable icon glisten against the backdrop of Sydney Harbour. The Sydney Opera House was constructed over a fourteen-year period and caused an opera’s worth of drama that involved differences between the architect Jørn Utzon and the Australian government. The now world-renowned architectural wonder stands as an unmissable icon of Sydney's cultural landscape. It houses among other small venues, the Joan Sutherland Theatre, the Utzon Room and a grand Concert Hall. It also has an impressive yearly program of contemporary and classical performances, and is a striking cultural sanctuary to take in theater, opera and ballet. Riveting guided tours take visitors behind the scenes and into the establishment’s many interesting rooms.
This 2,000 seat Capitol Theatre was originally a luxury picture palace and circus, with the seal pit still under the auditorium. The Capitol fell into disrepair, but an extensive renovation restored her to her former glory. The elegant Florentine garden theme features Grecian statues, gold, velvet, and a wonderful starry night ceiling. It hosts a variety of shows, from big musicals through to classic old film screenings.
Dating from 1871 and located at its present site overlooking Woolloomooloo Bay since 1885, this is one of Australia's premier art institutions. Located on the Domain. The buzz on entering the building is truly palpable; the visitors come, enjoy and do not want to leave. The permanent collection includes Australian, European, Asian and contemporary art. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander works on display in the Yiribana Gallery are totally unsurpassed. There are also an exciting and diverse temporary exhibition programs. Admission is usually free except for the charges applying for some temporary exhibitions.
Australia's leading contemporary art museum, popularly known as the MCA, occupies an art deco building in the heart of the tourism sector at Circular Quay. The museums temporary exhibition programme draws upon sources throughout the world and is supported by lectures, films and special events. Exhibitions change each season. There is also a cafe and shop featuring a range of art and merchandise inspired by Australia's top designers. Admission is free.
This stadium, also known as the Sydney Super Dome, is the first of its kind to be built in Australia, and a large, multi-purpose venue for staging indoor sport and entertainment extravaganzas. The sophisticated, Philip Cox designed building, boasts column-free viewing with a full roof for protection, five levels of comfortably designed seating and four centrally located high-resolution video screens. The arena is home of the Sydney Kings and Flames Basketball teams and also puts on Supercross motorbike races.
The ANZ Stadium, which is also referred to as Stadium Australia, was constructed in 1999 for use as the main stadium of the 2000 Summer Olympics. Aside from the Olympics, the multi-purpose stadium has also hosted events like the Rugby World Cup and the Bledisloe Cup, domestic and international cricket and football matches, as well as, concerts of popular music stars. The stadium has multiple unique features like its ability to change shape depending on the requirement of the sport being played, flexible seating, a semi-enclosed structure which ensures shade and comfort to each spectator irrespective of the field shape, eco-friendly features like rain-water harvesting, use of natural ventilation, environmentally safe construction materials and more.
The United Cinema - Avalon invites cine buffs to view latest blockbusters as well as classic art films. With two wide screens and a multi-format digital sound system, movie watching gets all the more pleasurable at this theater. For an even more enjoyable experience, sit back and relax with popcorn and a soda from the refreshment stand. For film times, ticket prices and further information, please call or check their website.
Featuring a rich collection of contemporary paintings and sculptures by Australian artists, Gallery 41 is a one stop destination to discover phenomenal paintings. This classy exhibition space hosts temporary expositions and group shows with an aim to acquaint more and more people with the nuances of modern art. Both established and upcoming artists showcase their talent during these exhibitions. Call ahead to know more.
Established in 1973, the Harrington Street Gallery was started with an aim to promote emerging artists. The gallery provides budding artists a chance to display their talent before a discerning audience. The gallery organizes expositions, solo exhibitions and group shows in order to bring these artists in the limelight. The Harrington Street Gallery also hosts exhibitions by established artists at times. Check website for a detailed event line-up.
Sometimes, moments captured on a lens can be treasured for a lifetime, can be looked upon at any given time and nostalgia will make its way. A memory can be hazy but a photograph never lies and can never be changed, thus, to capture those very precious moments in life, Meyer Gallery has opened its doors to all emerging photographers so that they can showcase their versions of a story in their lives. Other than photography there are other artworks on display as well. For further information on this gallery, do visit their website.
If you harbor the prejudice of art as being elite or refrain from stepping foot inside art galleries for fear that you may be caught by the art police as you beckon ignorance, visit the CWM Galleries. Shunning away all inhibitions, the gallery invites all to experiences art and its several hues. The gallery is considered to hold a premier position in the realm of Australian sculpture. Making use of durable material, the works can be preserved for posterity. The artists featured are renowned and the works are exclusively on display at the CWM Gallery. For further information, log on to their website.
How often does one manage to catch a glimpse of authentic and traditional North American Indian art in Australia? The Four Winds Gallery contains rare collections of sculptures and graphics, but most prominently its collection of jewelery makes it worth the while. Chunky and unique, the jewelery will make you want to possess it all. But be wary as the collection is the observation and critical research work of the passionate owner and not to be tampered with. The pottery exhibitions are also brilliant. For further information, log on to their website.